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International Education Week 2018

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Embracing Challenging Conversations:
Moving Towards Reconciliation Locally, Nationally, and Globally

November 12-16, 2018


Initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the Department of Education, International Education Week (IEW) emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages, and affirms the critical role the international education plays at Boston College.

Celebrated from November 12 to 16, the theme for Boston College’s 2018 IEW is "Embracing Challenging Conversations: Moving Towards Reconciliation Locally, Nationally, and Globally". This theme offers Boston College’s campus a unique opportunity to consider how we, as a community, might come together to approach global issues that that are uncomfortable, contentious, divisive, and/or troubling – on campus and beyond.

In the recent past, points of conflict in the U.S. and other countries have encompassed subjects such as race and ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, immigration, gun violence, and the environment, among others. Rather than sowing more division, our goal is to create spaces for discussion that lead to understanding and ultimately reconciliation, in line with Boston College’s Jesuit, Catholic traditions and values. Most importantly, we will be exploring the very nature of how such conversations can take place in a variety of settings – for example, classrooms, residence halls, and other public venues – so as to encourage all community members to participate, regardless of background or beliefs.

IEW 2018 is a collaborative effort organized by a wide array of departments and offices at Boston College, under the direction of the Office of International Programs and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Check back in September for more details and events!